Some reports said the students were trying to cross the river, which is popular for rafting and inner tubing, when they fell
Jakarta, Indonesia: 11 students drowned and 10 others were rescued during a river clean-up school in Indonesia’s West Java province. Officials gave this information on Saturday.
Local officials said 150 students of an Islamic junior high school were participating in a clean-up along the Siliyur river on Friday when 21 of them slipped into the water.
“The weather was good and there were no flash floods,” said Deden Ridwansya, head of the Bandung Search and Rescue Office. “The children who drowned were holding each other’s hands. One of them slipped and the other was chasing,” Ridwansya said.
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Nearby residents and a rescue team managed to rescue 10 students, who were sent to a nearby hospital.
Rescuers used large orange inflatable rafts to search for the victims, and when the search ended on Friday night, all the students were accounted for.
The students were clearly not wearing flotation equipment. Some reports said they were trying to cross the river, which is popular for rafting and inner tubing, when they fell.
The rains cause frequent landslides and flash floods in Indonesia, where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near floodplains.
In February 2020, there was a flash flood of at least six students drowning in a river in Slimane district of Yogyakarta province.